H 29” x W 29”

Statement: Created for a Broadway Musical Challenge for an episode of The Quilt Show. I chose Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton was essentially launched toward his destiny by writing about a devastating hurricane that destroyed the isle of St. Croix when he was only 15 years old. In the musical, Hamilton sings, “In the eye of the hurricane there is quiet for just a moment - a yellow sky.

Machine pieced, Free-motion machine quilting (domestic machine, no stitch regulation)



H 16.75” x W 16.75”

Statement: A capriccio (also Caprice) is a piece of music, usually fairly free in form and of a lively character. This free form composition seemed to follow that theme with movement and repetition. 

Machine pieced using both improvisational patchwork and templates. Free-motion machine quilting (domestic machine, no stitch regulation)


  Aurora Borealis

H 23.5” x W 22”

Statement: The piecing was created entirely improvisationally without the use of templates. The design was created using only one piece of multi-color hand-dyed fabric.  

Machine pieced, Free-motion machine quilting (domestic machine, no stitch regulation)





Sumter Rose
(sample block)

H 25.5” x W 25.5”

This timeless traditional quilt dates back to the American Civil War. The original (shown below left) is owned by Mary Bula Holman. About the quilt Mary says this:

My mom was born in 1917.  She told me that her grandmother gave her the quilt when she was a girl, and that it wasn’t in good condition then.  She didn’t know if her grandmother or great grandmother had made it. 

By researching family records and the probable date the quilt was made, it has been concluded that the quilt was most likely made by Mariah Harrel Measells (1833-1926).

A kit with beautiful, suede-like and antique-textured hand-dyed fabric is available in the Ricky Tims Online Store.

only $199

Includes over 10 yards of hand-dyed fabric


#5 Dan Purcell 2017-06-06 13:48
8) I love the colors in the Cappricio quilt!
#4 Nancy McDonou 2017-04-24 09:52
Ok, I love this but am mystified. When I try something like Hurricane, it looks like it has been in one, and came out a lumpy, bumpy creation that will never lay flat again!
#3 Patricia 2017-04-19 07:42
I switched to art quilts a few years ago and have been intrigued by Gail Garber's designs. Ricky Tims' art quilts will now be added to my favorites. Keep on keeping on! 8)
#2 Sharon Gilmore 2017-04-18 05:06
Like all four of these little quilts. Like that there is sunshine yellow in Hurricane - hope in the eye of destruction.
#1 Sherry Mihalek 2017-04-17 19:59
:-) love your little quilts. Would like to understand the technique for the gorgeous flowing curves. Glad to see you on Facebook

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